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Randall Cobb to be targeted by Oakland Raiders in free agency

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The Oakland Raiders have a lot of cap space available to them and they seem keen to start spending some of that cash.

The Raiders have already been linked with Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas and are expected to put in an offer for the basketball player turned premier NFL red zone threat.

But the Raiders aren't stopping there it seems. According to reports from an ESPN Oakland Raiders correspondent, the team are likely to make a run at Randall Cobb when the Green Bay Packers receiver hits the market.

"No shock, but hear expectation around NFL is #Raiders will make run at Cobb. But #Packers not expected to hit him hit FA," (sic) Bill Williamson wrote on Twitter today. 

The fact that Oakland needs an upgrade in their receiving corps isn't exactly a secret right now with Andre Holmes and James Jones currently being the best that quarterback Derek Carr had to work with during his rookie season.

And the Packers star Cobb would definitely be one hell of an upgrade on those two. The former University of Kentucky man is only 24-years old so has time to get even better than what he has shown in Wisconsin.

Cobb won't have Aaron Rodgers throwing to him however. Derek Carr is a long way away from being on the level of arguably the best quarterback in the National Football League so it's impossible to say if Cobb will be able to match the impressive production he has put out in his young career to date.

Last season Cobb posted career best marks across the board with 91 receptions, 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns as the Packers fell short in the playoffs. 

Whole lot of Money

The reason that Cobb may end up leaving Green Bay is because of his salary demands. The receiver wants to be paid as much as Pro-Bowl teammate Jordy Nelson is currently getting, around $9million a year. It's unknown if Packers general manager Ted Thompson will be willing to fork out that much for Cobb after rookie wideout Davante Adams showed so much potential in his rookie season in 2014.

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